Dog brought in fleas, what do I do?

asked 2018-11-29 06:41:04 -0500

After the owner dropped off the dog, I noticed fleas on him. I immediately took him outside while I figured out what to do. Then I washed him twice with dawn blue dish soap. And vacuumed the entire area. I noticed the fleas about 20-30 min after the owner left. The dog didn't sit on any furniture, he just walked around the house and the outside area. But I was petting him.

I thought they were all gone... but then I noticed one crawling up my daughter's neck. I caught it with my fingers and smushed it in half.

What do I do now... just keep vacuuming??? Are there fleas on me?? where did she get that flea from?

Ugh going a bit nuts here. anyone have this experience?

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answered 2018-12-05 04:04:26 -0500

Getting rid of fleas is a lot of work, but worth it to break the egg/re-infestation cycle without having to resort to strong chemical bombs. First, I'd immediately message the owners to find out if the dog is treated and with what, to prevent serious medical consequences. In my area this year, due to climate, more than one vet's practice has told me that pretty much all of the topical preventatives are ineffective and for a while they were getting bombarded with patients coming in with fleas. Even a dog that gets a preventative can pick up a flea hitchhiker. Besides ensuring the dog is bathed, on an effective preventative that is approved by the pet parent (they may authorize you to get something from vet and have their vet bill them or they reimburse you), you'll want to use a flea comb on all dogs after each time they go outside, looking carefully for any more signs.

Also, you must wash All soft items that can be laundered in HOT soapy water (dog bedding, etc- warm will not end the problem). When you vacuum rugs and upholstered surfaces that can't be washed, the bag needs to be removed Outside and thrown out, even if it's not full, to prevent cycle continuation.

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answered 2018-12-04 14:13:20 -0500

Just had this happen! Odd thing is, the dog's coat and skin is in beautiful condition, with not a flea bite or irritation anywhere on the dog. I saw one flea on her belly the day she was dropped off. I'm having a sinking feeling that the last dog who was here (a couple of weeks ago) left one either in house or yard. I only watch one dog at a time, so I'm in a wait-n-see mode so as to handle this situation..I don't ask about flea control, maybe I should start doing so. :(

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Do not be afraid to ask. I always look at the meet and greet when I am petting the dog.

Barry W.'s profile imageBarry W. ( 2018-12-04 15:48:09 -0500 )edit

I don't have a problem asking, it's the fact I've never had to deal with it before so I never thought to ask. Live and learn, and modify my form, lol.

Cindy & Stephen G.'s profile imageCindy & Stephen G. ( 2018-12-04 18:46:14 -0500 )edit
answered 2018-12-04 23:43:28 -0500

I haven't had this problem...yet. But, I keep Capstar brand tablets (active ingredient: Nitenpyram) just in case. One dose kills fleas in about 6 hours. Of course, I would contact the owner before administering any medication. It's important to quarantine the dog in a crate or bathroom to prevent infestation of your home.

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answered 2019-04-03 12:21:38 -0500

In the interim, between applying the medication and giving the bath, you may comb your dog's fur with a flea comb. Keep a small bowl of soapy water on hand. If you scoop up a flea or eggs, drown them in the soap water, and keep going.

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answered 2019-01-25 17:49:17 -0500

i think it might be ok for you to use a capstar even if the dog is on prevention and i would keep it at home for future use

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